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Discussion in 'Newbie Questions' started by SaintDomingo, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. SaintDomingo

    SaintDomingo Valued Member

    Hello all,

    Hope you are all well!

    I posted here more than a year ago when I had graduated Uni and now I have moved into a new house and a new start. So I'm looking for a martial art in the place I am settling down.

    I have gone to Boxing and Judo classes in the past and whilst I really want to enjoy them, I just don't get the urge to go back. I tried boxing when I was younger for a few months (or so, as I remember) and Judo about 2 years ago, for about 3 months. I loved the ground work in Judo but I found the throws really hard and frustrating. I probably should have stuck at it longer but my motivation went after a while. Although, I would recommend it to anyone!

    So now I'm in Lancashire and work in Manchester, since I liked the groundwork in Judo, I really want to give BJJ a try. I have Gracie Barra Preston and Gracie Barra Chorley in travelling distance. But there is also 'The Snake Pit' in Wigan, teaching Catch Wrestling I believe.

    My question is, firstly, I seem to be getting really anxious about actually trying out the 3 clubs above, does anyone have any suggestions? Also, has anyone actually tried or experienced or heard anything about the places above and have any opinions?

    Any advice/opinions are all appreciated! Love the site and always check in to follow, but not comment, often.

  2. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Banned Banned

    Just bring somone with you if you go or go through what ever relaxing paces you go through. Or act like a loon so everyone leaves you alone. :p
  3. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Catch and wrestling can be quite intense, I didn't know the snake pit was still going!

    I'd go to all 3, and see what's the best fit!
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  4. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    I think most people get anxious about starting at a new club, especially in a different art.

    All I can say is that whenever I've done it, it's been great. I've learnt a ton of stuff and met some great people.

    Manchester will have absolutely everything, so take your pick, take a deep breath, and go and enjoy your new class :)

  5. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Valued Member MAP 2017 Gold Award

    Whilst I'd love to try the snake pit. MMA has really revoved the art. You're in a really good spot for clubs so try them all out! It'll be whatever suits your timetable though. No point in havignore great classes if you can't go to them!

    Good luck!
  6. Latikos

    Latikos Valued Member

    The first club (wanted to look at Karate at this time) I wanted to try, I didn't even dare entering!
    I was way too scared, just like that.
    So I went up and down in front of it and after half an hour later I ran to the train and drove back.

    Two or so years later I went back there; sort of by accident.
    In another forum I stumbled across a JJ-teacher of said club (they offer four arts).
    He made me go over there again, and even though it was hard for me, I actually entered this time.

    Fast forward to today: Still there, made it to kids trainer, and am totally integrated there work-wise (maybe even people-wise; I have trouble recognizing that though. But one thing for sure: People are very nice to me!).

    My point being: I ended up being even more annoyed with myself, because I didn't dare go inside the first time around.
    (Admittedly, it was a reason I went to yet another club and found the -for me(!)- best teacher so far; but I'm still annoyed as hell, because I could have lots of support earlier).

    Don't let feeling anxious stop you.
    I'm sure in the end you will be more annoyed for not going, instead of -worst case scenario- going and not liking the place.
  7. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    All those places are great and will look after you. Try all three and pick your favourite.

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